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Whole roasted tandoori cauliflower recipe at Indiaphile.info
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Whole Roasted Tandoori Cauliflower with Cilantro Onion Chutney

This tandoori-style whole roasted cauliflower makes a flavorful and visually stunning centerpiece to a vegetarian meal
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: cauliflower, tandoori spices
Servings: 4
Calories: 94kcal
Author: Puja Thomas-Patel


For the Cauliflower

  • 1 medium cauliflower
  • ½ cup yogurt I use nonfat Greek style yogurt
  • 3 garlic cloves grated
  • 1 tsp grated ginger
  • 2 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • ½ tsp chili powder or to taste
  • ½ tsp salt or to taste

For the Cilantro Onion Chutney

  • 1 cup loosely packed cilantro roughly chopped
  • cup mint leaves or substute 1 tsp dried mint leaves
  • ½ small red onion roughly chopped
  • ½ cup yogurt
  • ½ Serrano chili or to taste, roughly chopped
  • ½ tsp salt or to taste


  • Rinse and dry the cauliflower and cut off the leaves and core.
    Whole cauliflower
  • In a small bowl, mix together all the ingredients except the cauliflower.
  • Brush the yogurt mixture all over the cauliflower. Make sure to get into all the crevices and don’t neglect the underside.
    Brush the cauliflower
  • Set the cauliflower in a casserole dish or cookie sheet and then in the fridge to marinate for an hour or two. You can leave it in the fridge for up to eight hours if you want to prep earlier.
  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Transfer the cauliflower to the oven and bake for 45 to 60 minutes until a knife inserted into the middle goes in easily.
  • Let cool for about 10 minutes before serving.

For the Chutney

  • Add all the ingredients into a blender and puree until smooth. Taste and adjust seasoning.


If you want to get the traditional red color that’s associated with tandoori, you can add a few drops of red food coloring.
If you’re short on time, it’s okay to skip the marinating. It’ll still taste good.


Calories: 94kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 659mg | Potassium: 597mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 302IU | Vitamin C: 73mg | Calcium: 124mg | Iron: 1mg